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Title plato on the metaphysics of parts and wholes

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At the centre of contemporary analytic metaphysics of physical objects is the issue of mereology, which deals with the relation between a whole and its parts. In the "Parmenides", "Theatetus" and "Sophist", Plato critices the view that a whole is identical with its parts. In the "Parmenides", "Sophist", "Philebus" and "Timaeus", Plato develops an alternative view of the nature of the relation between a whole and its parts. I shall examine Verity Harte's discussion of Plato's view in her "Plato on Parts and Wholes" (Clarendon Press. 2002). I shall also discuss implications of Plato's theory for contemporary debates.

Primary author
george djukic

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gdjukic@unimelb.edu.au